Even if you have everything from Plan B all the way to Plan Z just in case the A-plan fails, you'll know that things can still go wrong.
So spare a thought for NASA flight controllers, who lost contact with the ISS for a nerve-racking three hours during a recent software update.
Chester finally brings up his century with Chet Chat Episode 100 - the Benjamin Franklin edition!
Chet's guest in the 100th Chet Chat is Paul Ducklin.
Malware discovered on a Japanese space agency desktop computer has been stealing data on Epsilon - a new, AI-enabled rocket - and beaming it to controllers outside the agency. It's only the latest in a string of data-siphoning incidents that's plagued the agency.
The space agency is now, finally, after yet another unencrypted laptop theft, scrambling to require full disk encryption agency-wide.
Gary McKinnon, the British hacker who has been fighting a high profile campaign for ten years to avoid extradition to the United States, has had his extradition blocked by the UK government.
British hacker Gary McKinnon will find out today whether or not he will be extradited and stand trial in the United States for what was described as "the biggest military computer hack of all time".
The infamous hacker known as TinKode has been sentenced by a Romanian court - receiving a hefty fine and a suspended prison sentence.
It's ten years since British hacker Gary McKinnon was arrested, and now another hacker has been indicted for allegedly hacking into NASA computers.
Police believe that they may have apprehended the notorious hacker TinKode, who in the past has hacked into government and military websites, exposing their poor security.
A Romanian who admitted to hacking into NASA servers has received a three-year suspended prison sentence. Being tried in the US wouldn't have guaranteed jail time, so here's hoping the Obama administration wins in its pursuit of a mandatory three-year prison term for hacking critical infrastructure.
A hacker in Romania has been arrested and accused of breaking into NASA and causing $500,000 in damages.
It sounds like the stuff of James Bond - foreign hackers managing to gain unauthorised access to US satellites as they orbit 700 km above the Earth, and interfere with their controls.
But, according to a US Congressional Report, it's not fiction..
The word Trojan has many meanings, and when it is used without qualification in headlines, it's hard to know which one is meant.
So here's some weekend polymathery for you. Enjoy. (Yes. There is a connection to computer security.)
A hacker with a history of breaking into high profile websites to expose poor security has claimed to have broken into servers belonging to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Are your web servers properly secured?
According to media reports, British Home Secretary Alan Johnson has rejected a last-bid attempt by Gary McKinnon's supporters to prevent his extradition to the United States. Concerns have been raised that 43-year-old McKinnon, who was arrested almost eight years ago Read more…
The British Home Office has agreed to delay extradition proceedings against NASA hacker Gary McKinnon, pending a fresh consideration of the evidence, focusing on his medical condition. McKinnon's lawyer, Karen Todner, is quoted as saying: "We do take some hope Read more…
Yesterday, as I was returning from a vacation in Istanbul (I'll leave stories of my close encounter with a bellydancer and a bout of food poisoning - hopefully unrelated - to another time), I heard of the latest sadly predictable Read more…